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Different Lens

Screenwest and Carers WA are excited to announce Different Lens, a 12-part short documentary series produced by Rhythm Content.

The series provides a fascinating insight into what life is like for 13 Western Australians living with a disability and looks to break down stereotypes and stigmas related to conditions including Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s Disease, acquired brain injuries, intellectual disabilities, spinal cord injuries and autism.

The 13 storytellers featured in the series were selected as they have all achieved greatness in their respective passions of Sport, Employment and their ability to Disable the Label.

The Different Lens initiative was created in partnership by Screenwest and Carers WA to offer screen skills development opportunities for Western Australian disability diverse screen practitioners, produce local disability-led content, build capacity within the local screen sector to be more inclusive and promote visibility of disability diverse onscreen talent.

Rhythm Content was provided with a $50,000 production grant to produce the series and provide mentoring to four emerging filmmakers with lived experience of disability.

Founders Adam and Gemma Rule handpicked a talented cohort of filmmakers to act as mentors for the initiative including Lauren ElliottFrank CarrollJustin GriffithsJohn McGovarinRichard HubbardClare ToonenBrianna TrinidadDave WaltersJoe Wilkie and Justin Braine.

Emerging filmmakers Rafael GonzalesMitchell NockJoe Teakle and David Thai came on board as crew attachments to develop their skills across writing, directing, cinematography, editing and sound and grow their career potential in the industry.